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Carbon dioxide snow and water ice snow, compared

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Carbon dioxide snow and water ice snow, compared What does a Martian snowflake look like? As seen by Earth-based experimenters, carbon dioxide crystals have a "cuboctahedral" shape – cubes with the corners cut off. These particles are much smaller (about 100x smaller) than terrestrial water snow, and lack their intricate symmetry and platy structure.

 

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Michael Murtaugh: 01/16/2014 02:36 CST

Could the mars snow flake effect icing on a mars air craft? Perhaps the shape of the mars snowflake will be a plus for in atmosphere flight on mars. Well we can hope anyway.

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